Ghostbusters (1984)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.


Movie Info

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators". When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat William Atherton regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced … More

Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Peter Torokvei
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
Box Office: $3.5M
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Dr. Peter Venkman

as Dr. Raymond Stantz

as Dr. Egon Spengler

as Dana Barrett

as Winston Zeddmore

as Louis Tully

as Walter Peck

as Janine Melnitz

as Hotel Manager

as Student

as Students

as Librarian

as Dean Yeager

as Violinist

as Library Administrato...

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Fire Commissioner

as Police Captain

as Archbishop

as Police Sergeant

as Jail Guard

as Real Estate Woman

as Man at Elevator

as Con Edison Man

as Coachman

as Woman at Party

as Tall Woman at Party

as Chambermaid

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Businessman in Cab

as Mayor's Aide

as Louis' Neighbor

as Cop at Apartment

as Mrs. Van Hoffman

as Ted Fleming

as Annette Fleming

as Library Ghost

as Dream Ghost

as Dream Ghost

as Reporter

as Fire Commissioner

as Reporter

as Gozer (uncredited)

as Reporter

as Birthday party kid

as Reporter

as Stunt Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (7)

On balance, Ghostbusters is a hoot. It's Murray's picture, and in a triumph of mind over matter, he blows away the film's boring special effects with his one-liners.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Whoever thought of having evil's final manifestation take the form of a 100-ft. marshmallow deserves the rational mind's eternal gratitude.

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Part of the sheer joy of this movie -- aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray -- is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Times [UK]

What you realise about Ghostbusters thirty years on is that Bill Murray is a comedy genius.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014

It speaks to its entire audience, without ever seeming to joke over children's heads in a snide or overly knowing manner.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
The List

The elastic structure provides ample room for inspired surrealism, yet the looseness never compromises the film's tongue-in-cheek love letter to pre-gentrification Manhattan or its piercing satire of Reaganite go-getting ...

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters

½

"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional way, and it never falls short with the cheesy scares. It can be genuinely shocking at times but that is taken away immediately throughout the film, especially due to the lack of seriousness. This all being said, "Ghostbusters" is an extremely unique film that will never be able to be touched by any filmmaker. It's smart, cool, slick, witty, scary, and intense. The only issue this film has is that the title is not explored to it's highest potential. It sets up a great premise but it takes just a tad too long to reach the climax in my opinion. Overall, I loved every minute of "Ghostbusters" and it deserves the fame that it has.

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KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Ghostbusters is quite simply one of my most beloved films of all time. The iconic production is a perfect marriage of a special effects extravaganza with spectacular performances to create one side-splitting gem. Bill Murray is the undeniable star and he's in top form as Dr. Peter Venkman a sly, laid back scientist with deadpan delivery that seems more concerned with dating his pretty client Dana Barrett than actually getting to the bottom of her disturbances. Sigourney Weaver nicely straddles the line between exasperated annoyance and charmed love interest. Bill Murray likewise has great camaraderie with his fellow Ghostbusters Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). Those two are also responsible for writing the finely tuned screenplay. It zips, it pops and it never lets up. Ernie Hudson joins them later as Winston Zeddemore. He delivers my favorite quip after the group is blown away by the lightening bolts of an evil entity from another dimension. There is a slew of funny dialogue and Rick Moranis' nerdy portrayal of Louis Tully delivers a lot of it. He's hilarious. "Okay, who brought the dog?" he grins after hearing the growl from the long horned beast hiding in his closet.

The spectacular special effects support the story, but they never threaten to overshadow the actors. The technology was state of the art at the time, even earning an Academy Award nomination. But it lost to the mine cart scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Perhaps time has rendered the optics a bit quaint to a modern audience. The sight of that devil dog leaping from the closet and running around the city is the most dicey. But it's the comedic interactions between characters that hold our focus, not the whiz bang appeal of the visual displays. Ok so there's that "monster" near the end that dwarfs everything else. When the Destructor of their choosing threatens the city and their very existence, it's memorable. That's the kind of silly moment of brilliance that make you realize you're watching a work of creative genius. Oh yeah. I adore this film.

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hobster1
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

five stars...

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